Over 600 London primary school children take part in Beanstalk BookFest 2018

Over600 children from 16 London primary schools have taken part in a special book festival aimed at inspiring a new generation of booklovers. This year marks the third annual Beanstalk BookFest, a free literacy festival

organised each year by national charity Beanstalk. The charity helps children who struggle with their reading by providing trained volunteer reading helpers who work one-to-one with children in primary schools and early years’ settings. As part of BookFest the charity exclusively invites schools it works with to

take part in inspiring and interactive workshops, which are generously supported by the venues, authors and illustrators who give their time to spread a love of books and reading. This year the event involved more children than ever before with five

events happening simultaneously across two venues in London which were generously provided once again by Frances Holland School in Belgravia and the Chickenshed Theatre in Southgate. To open the day’s activities Beanstalk reading helpers were invited to listen

to an exclusive author talk which this year was given by children’s novelist and poet Michael Rosen. During his talk Michael emphasised the importance of reading for pleasure and how we can use books to help empower children to interpret and understand the world around them. Beanstalk school children were then delighted by workshops from Polly

Faber (author of Picking Pickle), Abi Elphinstone (author of Sky Song) and Peter Bunzl (Cogheart, Moonlocket and Skycircus) - all who are also Beanstalk reading helpers themselves in London. Illustrator Clara Vulliamy (illustrator of Picking Pickle) joined Polly for a fun workshop based around the book and Ross Montgomery (The Space Tortoise) also hosted a workshop which inspired children to go and write their own stories.

Nationwide search for best edtech schools launched

Edtech 50 Schools is on the hunt to find UK schools that are using education technology to make the greatest difference to pupils, staff and parents. Schools can nominate themselves, or be nominated by a third party, and the deadline for entries is Friday 18th January 2019. Successful schools will be featured in the Edtech 50 Schools publication and be invited to a House of Lords reception celebrating edtech in schools. Edtech 50 Schools kicks off with a nationwide tour of some of the leading

edtech schools in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland including Seaview Primary School in Belfast, Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Bro Edern in Cardiff, and Acklam Grange Teaching School in Middlesborough. These pioneering schools, and others, will be helping to launch Edtech50 Schools and to spread the word across the whole of UK. Edtech 50 Schools is organised by the Education Foundation and CEO &

Founder, Ty Goddard said: “It is a key moment for edtech. Earlier this year, the Secretary of State for Education was clear that the power of technology could provide significant support to help students learn, reduce teachers’ workload and save money. There is great potential for edtech to help make a difference, but it needs to be the right technology, implemented effectively, and with good support for staff. The Edtech 50 wants to shine a spotlight on the schools leading the way, which we hope can inspire other schools.”

uYou can nominate a school for the Edtech 50 Schools by visiting Nominations close on Friday 18th January 2019. Following this, an independent judging panel will select the top 50 schools, which will be announced in April 2019.

Leading hotels offer career guidance to Edge Hotel School students amid concerns over skills shortfall

growing skills shortage facing the industry. The Careers Fair was organised by the

University of Essex’s Edge Hotel School at their Colchester Campus where 32 prestigious hotels including The Ritz London, Shangri-La Hotel At The Shard and Claridge’s spoke with students about graduate opportunities. Industry leaders offered advice on the variety of

Top hotels from across the country were on hand to offer advice to students starting their hospitality careers as concerns mount over the

opportunities available to graduates hoping to work in hospitality and events, as well as sharing tipson interview techniques, guidance for landing a top job and explaining more about the excitement of working in a fast paced, people focussed industry. Recent research has shown that just 22% of


16-21 years olds in the UK would consider a career in hospitality despite it being the 4th largest industry in the UK. Andy Boer, head of department at Edge Hotel

School said: “Currently young people aren’t aware of just how vibrant and exciting a career in hospitality can be. There’s a perception that it’s all about making beds or waiting tables. But it’s much more than that. It can lead to a whole variety of roles that span design, revenue management, finance,talent development, law and marketing. It involves real business acumen.” edge-hotel-school

November 2018

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